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Community grants

Do you need funding to help you deliver activities relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Community Grant Fund

Grants of up to £1500 are available through the Community Grant Fund.

Currently, grants for activities linked to coronavirus (COVID-19) will be prioritised, but requests will also be welcomed for funding for activity which will take place once restrictions are lifted.

There are two different funds in the Community Grant Fund programme: the Small Grants Fund and the Community Chest.

Small Grants Fund

Our Small Grants Fund is for residents and small community groups. If you have an idea but you need some money to get it off the ground, let us know. You don't have to have a bank account or a constitution, we're just looking for people and groups who want to do some good, and need a helping hand to make that happen.

You can use the Small Grants Fund application form to apply, give us a call on 01642 729309, or even email us a video telling us what you'd like to do (

Community Chest

Our Community Chest fund is for more established groups which have a constitution, bank account, and policies in place. Don't worry if you're not an established group - our Small Grants Fund might be better for you.

Funding is available for groups which are working for the benefit of Middlesbrough residents, and encouraging community participation and activity.

Read the application criteria first, then use the Community Chest application form to apply.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

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Grants from the County Durham Community Foundation

County Durham Community Foundation is awarding National Emergency Trust monies for coronavirus (COVID-19) related activity in the Tees Valley. Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Read the guidelines and apply online now.

You can also see the grants awarded to date in the Tees Valley area.

Please note, this grant programme isn't run by Middlesbrough Council.

National Lottery Good Causes

The National Lottery has a number of COVID-19 response grants which voluntary sector and community organisations can apply for.

Please note, this grant programme isn't run by Middlesbrough Council.

More information

Read: What funding is available to charities during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Council grant programmes

The council has a number of grant programmes available to voluntary and community sector groups to support activity for people in Middlesbrough. All applications must demonstrate how they link to the Mayor's Vision.

For more information on grants, please contact:

Market Management Officer
Phone: 01642 729309

Carers Community Fund

This small grants scheme is available to community-based groups who want to support informal carers in their area. 

Outcomes for your project should help with one or more of the following:

  1. Reduce carers’ social isolation and develop social networks
  2. Help carers, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing
  3. Reach, connect, and support disadvantaged carers.
  4. Build on available community assets and resources to support carers

Successful projects will have high involvement and ownership by the carers within the community, and be driven by them.

To apply:

Short Break Grants

Do you work with children or young people who are disabled? Grants of up to £3000 are available to groups offering positive activity to children and young people with a disability on evenings, weekends or during school holidays.

The Short Break Grants programme is now open to applications. Download and complete the Short Break Grants application form.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

ESF Community Grants Programme 2019/20

Middlesbrough Council, in partnership with the four Tees Valley councils, has been awarded funding to support those who are furthest from the labour market to move into work. The programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 are available for individual projects. Funding is for the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and economically inactive people to facilitate their progress towards employment. The programme runs until October 2020.

Find out more about the ESF Community Grants Programme 2019/20 and apply.

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Looking for funding? Middlesbrough Council and MVDA run Find a Funder, an online funding search tool for Middlesbrough communities.

Find a Funder training sessions

Training sessions on using Find a Funder are available. Sessions are aimed at community and voluntary sector groups looking for grant funding.

Our next two Find a Funder training sessions will be held online. The sessions will be:

  • Tuesday 4 August 2020 - 10am
  • Tuesday 1 September 2020 - 10am

Sessions will be delivered from Sharon from Middlesbrough Council and John from MVDA. You'll need a link to join in. For more information, email Sharon at

Educational bursaries

The Student Bursary Fund is no longer accepting applications.

As these are available due to Trust Funds, the amount available varies.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Voluntary and community sector grants awarded - 2019-2020

View details of the purpose and size of grants awarded (2019-20).

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